Upstairs, the closet rattles at Rose again; she steels herself a moment and then approaches the door, revealing what's inside. The clothes are rustling. Behind them, a sick red light shines out at her, and there's a huge picture of a furious man with a beard. The red light comes from his eyes. It's Chloe's dad, and this is what he says: "I'm coming..."
Chloe registers the disturbance and heads upstairs, reminding the Doctor that she's busy. He calls after her, frustrated, keeping it light: "Come on, Chloe! Don't be a spoilsport! What's the big project? I'm dying to know! What're you making up there?" Chloe ignores him; Rose screams for the Doctor from upstairs. Trish and Chloe follow him as he sprints madly up the stairs for her. Rose is staring into the red light of the closet, and Chloe's dad is saying, "I'm coming to hurt you..." We talked about bad TV dads before, how sometimes you could see them as just the rules of the real world, coming to hurt you. How the things you've left behind can come up like an army of ghosts and knock you down again. The Doctor slams the closet doors shut without even looking. Rose tells him to look, and he is not interested. He looks around the room at all the other pictures. "What the hell was that?" asks Trish. "A drawing. The face of a man." Trish asks whose, but she already knows. She tries to open the closet, and Rose slams herself in front of her: "Best not." Trish asks what Chloe's drawn now, and Chloe admits that she did that one yesterday: "Dad." Trish loses it: "Your dad? But he's long gone. Chloe, with all the lovely things in the world, why him?" Chloe says she dreamed of him, staring at her. Trish: "I thought we were putting him behind us. What's the matter with you?" Chloe looks away: "We need to stay together." Trish agrees. "No," Chole corrects her. "Not you. Us." The Doctor stares. Chloe: "We need to stay together. And then it'll be all right." Trish puts her hands on her daughter's cheeks; Chloe flinches. "Trish, the drawings," says Rose softly. "Have you seen what Chloe's drawings can do?" Trish yells at Rose for going into Chloe's room, and tries to throw them out. The Doctor asks Chloe about the drawings, and Trish goes into total denial mode. "But that drawing of her dad," Rose protests. "I heard a voice. He spoke." Rose knows nothing of parental survival mode. "He's dead. And these, they're kids pictures. Now get out!" Rose complains that Chloe has a power, and is somehow using it to steal the neighborhood children; Trish just keeps yelling at them to leave. "Have you seen those drawings move?" Rose pleads, and Trish looks at her like a moron: "I haven't seen anything." The Doctor's not buying: "Yes you have. Out of the corner of your eye. And you dismissed it, because what choice do you have when you see something you can't possibly explain? You dismiss it, right? And if anyone mentions it, you get angry, so it's never spoken of, ever again..." Trish protests that Chloe's just a kid, but the specific wording here make me think that Trish isn't entirely blameless about the dad situation. "And you're terrified of her," the Doctor goes on. "But there's no one to turn to, because who's gonna believe the things you see out of the corner of your eye? No one. Except me." Trish asks again who the Doctor is. "I'm help," he tells her.